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Current Music: 

If you haven’t heard Timeflies before, you’re missing out on some serious talent.  This guy is a talented rapper/singer who has his friends put topics in a hat and then he raps about them without knowing beforehand what the topics are. It’s crazy! These are some of my favorite versions of his songs. Not all these songs display this raw rapping talent but if you wanna see that just check more of his stuff out on YouTube.

Current Food: 

I did a lot fewer food pictures than normal this week so I have quite a bit to catch you up on!

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Quinoa, black beans, avocado, Morningstar chickn patty, bbq sauce, salsa, sea salt and cayenne pepper.

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Snacks on the go (I ALWAYS have food in my purse): almonds and carrots

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Overnight oats: 1/2 cup oatmeal, 3/4 cup almond milk, chia and flax seeds, 1/2 banana, truvia and cinnamon, all topped with chunky pb!

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Tuna salad sandwich, Ezekiel bread, grapes

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Plain greek yogurt mixed with truvia and a chocolate Vitatop

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Confession…the past week has had a lot of late nights thanks to worries about work and life in general, so I’ve made nachos  twice this week right around midnight (and that’s not including the chocolate chips that have made a permanent residence next to my bed lately). Definitely not the best for me, and I feel it in the morning. Oh well, mistakes happen!

Current Obsession:

I figured I’d rather buy this than end up in the Starbucks drive-thru five times a week for a pumpkin spice latte.  Plus I’m not a huge latte fan when I can just get a nice cup of black coffee.  This just takes coffee to the next level!

ImageCurrent Read: Relish by Daphne Oz

 

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I bought this book a few months ago and after a quick browse I forgot about it. Fail! I really like this book because it isn’t just a cookbook, it has a lot of tips about life in general. I really like Daphne after seeing her on “The Chew”–she seems like someone who has a beautiful, balanced relationship with food.  I highly recommend this book.

 

The 100 Things Every 20-Something Needs To Realize

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http://elitedaily.com/life/the-100-things-every-20-something-needs-to-realize/

LOVE this list. I’m seriously considering printing it out, laminating it, hanging it on my fridge, whatever. It’s just awesome.

A few of my favorites:

  • 13) When you think you’re missing out, you’re not.
  • 44) You should always do your best to look your best because it will make you feel your best.
  • 75) You don’t need to be an assh*le to get ahead in life, but you can’t be a pushover either.
  • 76) Your cellphone is ruining your life. 
  • 88) Sudoku helps fight off future dementia. (Great! I love me some Sudoku).

Have a great Friday!

Question: what’s your favorite item from that list?

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currently: friday the 13th

Just a few things that I’m loving this week! TGIF 🙂

Current Music:

Fall is the time of year I start to gravitate towards more indie/alternative music instead of the country tunes that take up 100% of my time throughout the summer. Autumn and indie just seem to go together beautifully

But there is always room for a guilty pleasure, bubblegum pop song obsession

Current Eats:

In breaking news, this cereal is heaven. Also, it only has 8 grams of sugar per serving? How is that even possible? That’s less than the twigs and branches cereal from Kashi that I usually eat. Actually I take that question back. Not gonna question it.

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god I am LOVING DC-related shows. First “House of Cards” and now “Scandal”. I know I’m a few years late to the party (what else is new) but this show is great!

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Current Read:

http://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/11-life-hacks-for-the-emotionally-struggling-20-something/

“11 Life Hacks for the Emotionally Struggling 20-something”

“If you can’t enjoy what you have now, you are not in the right mindset to enjoy anything else”

It’s VERY hard to enjoy your day to day life when you feel like you aren’t moving in a certain direction. For me, I have always been used to moving forward–going to high school, making varsity basketball, taking the ACT, getting into college, picking a major, getting my degree.  There’s always been something new to achieve, fairly easily too as long as I wanted it to happen.

Nowadays, life is more of a mystery. I have no idea where I’ll be one year from now. Many people my age have the same problem. But I’d be a fool to not enjoy what I have now because I feel like “less of a person” without a plan. I have parents who love me and give me a place to live, a boyfriend who would support me no matter what I chose to do or where I chose to go, and a genuine group of friends who I can always have a good time with. That’s enough for now.  Even though I occasionally have to have an awkward minute-long conversation with people who ask “what are you doing with your life?”, that’s okay.

Current Style:

I just made some pre-Fall purchases that I couldn’t be happier with.

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Fall fashion is the best.

Current Happenings

The U of I game this weekend!

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My alum mater is playing football tomorrow at Soldier Field in Chicago! I’ll be heading downtown after getting a quick workout in so I can enjoy the first brisk day of fall tailgating and watching the game. I’m so excited!

In other news, happy Friday the 13th! Can you believe we’re basically halfway to October?!

Question: what are you loving currently?

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Good morning! You made it to Friday!!! Is anyone else as excited as I am?!

ImageToday I’m going to start a weekly post called “currently”.  It’s just a little idea so that you can get to know me better instead of just looking at pictures of what I eat each and every day. Gotta switch it up every once in a while!  I’m currently en route to Washington D.C. so I’ll be back Sunday for a weekend wrap-up. It’ll be a good one since vacation=tons and tons of pictures. TGIF!

Currently…

Current food: cherries

ImageMy dad has been scouring the farmers’ market the past few weeks and each time he picks up a HUGE (I’m talking $40) box full of cherries. Then at night he takes the pits out and leaves them in a bowl in the fridge. I never knew I liked cherries so much! They’re oh so sweet and go great in yogurt, oatmeal, over ice cream or just popped in your mouth like I’ve been doing constantly. You have to get some before they go out of season!

Current song: “Counting Stars” by One Republic

One line from this song really resonates with me during this time in my life: “Old, but I’m not that old; young, but I’m not that bold”. I do feel like I’m in limbo at this point in my life…no longer a kid but also not yet an adult. I feel like the expectations of both identities are put on me at different times and that can be frustrating and confusing. As usual, music always helps when I’m feeling out of sorts, and I found this song to be a very powerful reminder that I’m not alone in the way I feel.

Current purchase: Cate & Chloe earrings.

ImageJune “Youthful” Studs. Normally $89, now $14.  I haven’t worn earnings in years, but these silver studs stood out to me when I saw the deal pop up on Groupon. Plus, what a steal! They match my necklace perfectly, and since I’m trying to be little miss grown up and all I figured one more professional-looking accessory would be a welcome addition.

Current person: Mom

ImageI’m so proud of my Maja. She just started a new job and is absolutely kicking butt at it. Not only that, but every day I can tell that she’s happier, more passionate and challenged than she’s been in quite some time.  She is growing as a human being and gaining back her confidence as a professional woman. It’s a beautiful thing!

Current wanderlust: Washington D.C.  Good thing I’m headed there now!

ImageSince I interned in DC two years ago I haven’t been back to see my roommates, who now live scattered all over the country. By some crazy twist of fate we all decided to book a flight to DC this weekend and have a reunion! I’ve been so busy this past week that it hasn’t even hit me yet that I’ll soon be on a flight to see them, but I know this weekend is going to be loads of fun. DC is one of my favorite places in the world (I’m a politics geek).

Current show: Suits

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Harvey Specter. Enough said.

Current obsession: Carmex chapstick

ImageNo, it doesn’t smell like peppermint or lemon meringue pie, but this stuff works. My lips have a tendency to get incredibly dry when the weather makes a quick and drastic change (my skin does the same thing…lucky me), so I grabbed the first chapstick I saw at Walgreens before work on Tuesday.  I was pleasantly surprised—it goes on like a gloss but doesn’t just sit on top of your lips and make a sticky mess.  It really felt like its moisture was sinking in to my lips the moment I put it on.

Current read: “6 Ugly Truths You Need to Accept to Pull Yourself Out of a Rut”

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I found myself nodding furiously to each and every point made in this article, especially the “you already dreamed the dream” advice. It’s sobering to have it thrown in your face that hey, you actually DO know what you want to do you’re just afraid to do it because your 22 year old self doesn’t believe in yourself the way that you did back when you were 8.

Current excitement: FALL!

ImageAnyone else excited for boots, leggings, infinity scarves, and pumpkin-flavored everything?? Get at me, Autumn!

Have a great weekend!

Question: what’s one of your current loves?